A Formula 1 palace and Harry Potter’s oyster shell cottage

We know it’s not exactly high quality journalism, but who doesn’t like a little peek into celebrity homes? Or hear about the latest home improvements the A-listers have done? In fact, we can justify this prying into famous people’s life as inspirational. Spot a home cinema system in Vin Diesel’s home and lads, wouldn’t you feel obliged to get a similar one? Flick through Hello! and ladies, who wouldn’t want to build a similar wine cellar as Elizabeth Hurley’s?

And so, we bring you some celebrity (inspirational) news.

Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula 1 and the 23rd wealthiest person in he UK (Sunday Times Rich List 2011), has given his daughter Petra Ecclestone a very nice gift indeed. She’s now the owner of a £92million mansion in LA, the most expensive property in America. The 100-room house comes equipped with 14 bedrooms, 27 bathrooms, a bowling alley and a flower-cutting centre. What do we have to say about this? Let’s hope she gets a Rated Person to fix all that plumbing, painting and gardening work she’s bound to rack up.

While we’re waiting for the last Harry Potter film to reach cinemas (release date is set for July 7th), pictures of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II set have leaked to the press. If you’re looking to improve your holiday cottage and live close to sea, look no further than Shell Cottage for inspiration. Decorated with oyster shells on the walls and scallops shells as roof, the house really takes recycling to the next level. Production designer Stuart Craig has additionally created other sets that echo of the film’s magical atmosphere. If you like the quaint design of sweet shops or the imposing grand designs of banks, we’d recommend checking out the last installment of J.K. Rowling’s favourite whiz kid. (Images via Architectural Digest.)

More local celebrity news is the sale of Robbie Williams former bachelor pad in Notting Hill, London. If you can spare £3,450,000, the property is yours. The 3-bedroom terraced house has a lot of modern features including a built-in Bose Lifestyle music system and a light installation by Niamh Barry. Perfect for boys who like their toys. We particularly like the roof terrace, designed by landscape architect Caspar Gabb. If the future owner needs decking work to be done on this al fresco terrace we suggest finding a local quality tradesman from Rated People.  Decking specialists are increasingly sought after as soon as the good weather kicks, so plan ahead.

If you’re improving your home and in need of a trusted tradesman, submit your job for free on Rated People and up to 3 tradesmen will contact you for a quote. Easy as that.


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  1. I can’t decide between the shell house and the LA mansion… I will take both!

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